Paul Elconin is the director of land conservation at Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy where he oversees acquisitions and stewardship. Paul has a BS in environmental biology from Yale University and an MS in forest resources management from the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). While at ESF, Paul researched landowner motivations for granting and satisfaction with their conservation easements, and his findings were published and distributed to land trusts nationwide.
Paul has spent much of his professional career working in land conservation. He was a wildlife ecology field technician on wolf and grizzly bear projects for government agencies and taught environmental education in Minnesota and California, was the stewardship coordinator at the Open Space Institute, the “circuit rider” for the Land Trust Alliance of New York, and a consultant to small land trusts in New York State. Paul currently represents NCLC on the Working Lands Alliance Steering Committee and its Farmland Access Working Group.
Paul grew up in New Haven, left Connecticut to explore the country, and is gradually returning to his roots. When not active in land conservation, he is exploring the outdoors and trying to achieve his aspiration to be a hockey player.